Katie - posted on 06/13/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )
I posted regarding this a while back but now I actually have to go in and get this stupid filling removed so I worried all over again! I have 8 silver fillings in my mouth, and absolutely horrible teeth despite my attempts to take great care of them. I am currently a few days shy of 34 weeks pregnant and facing a badly cracked tooth with a big silver filling in in that is starting to give me some pain. If that were the end of the story, I would leave the bloody thing be and deal with it after this little guy is born...BUT...I am also very prone to SEVERE mouth infections (proven by 4 awful abscesses, resulting in root canals, along with about a gazillion other terrible dentist visits) and I grind my teeth...badly. Very badly actually, I have anxiety disorder and my jaw and teeth are what suffers when I am feeling particularly anxious.
Having said all that, my current dentist does use most of the precautions for removal of silver fillings. High powered suction, keeping the tooth cool, chunking it out instead of drilling the whole shebang, dental dam, etc...But I am still terrified that I am going to have this done and fill my baby with inhaled mercury vapour. I am really really looking for some mom out there to come and reassure me. Has anyone else had a silver filling removed or replaced while pregnant? Was your baby ok? I am not really looking for anyone to tell me not to do it because that isn't really an option at this point. I am going to grind and grind until the tooth crumbles apart and be in an even worse situation if I leave it, plus it is just gonna hurt worse and worse the longer it goes untreated. So like I said, any success stories for an overly anxious mom?